There are indications that the flu outbreak may have peaked in Bexar County, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  Dr. Jason Bowling, a physician in the Emergency Room at San Antonio's University Hospital, tells 1200 WOAI's Michael Board that the number of cases he's seeing has begun to decline.


  "I'm hopeful, and I think that everybody else is too, that we will start to decline in activity as we move out of January," he said.


  This has been a serious year for flu cases, and Dr. Bowling says his ER has been packed with patients, and the waiting room has been jammed with people coughing and nursing high fevers.  But there is good news on the horizon.


  "We're still at very high levels, but last week was just a little bit less than the week before," he said.


  Dr. Bowling says there are indications that the early onset of the flu season will mean that it will also taper off earlier than expected.


  Mild weather like we have been seeing lately will also help.  The flu is spread when people are crammed together indoors and can more easily transmit the virus.


  But we're not completely out of the woods.  Flu season actually lasts until April.